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Why Christmas IS for you

Why Christmas IS for you

There is a big deception around Christmas. Everywhere you go, it bombards you. Christmas is for celebration. More precisely, Christmas is for celebration of perfection and a feast of consumerism. Those clever adverts say one thing and mean another; they make out that they’re all about family and peace on earth, when they’re more about brand awareness and subtly selling the message that if you buy this thing from their company you will be more complete. Your Christmas will be…

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Catching Contentment – Giveaway!

Catching Contentment – Giveaway!

It’s almost a week since I came out of hospital, and I’m gaining a little strength every day, though it’s taking much longer than I’d like. There were two things I wanted to do on publication day and couldn’t, so I’m doing them now. Only 3 weeks late 🙂 Both of these things feel quite bittersweet, with the taste of disappointment still so stark, but they are just two small things to celebrate something I was unable to celebrate in…

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Holding

Holding

A few years ago I wrote a blogpost called ‘Leaning’, a reponse to a particularly nasty hospital admission for pneumonia. In that post I explored how I’d come to the edge of myself, how the pain had ruled my days and my nights, and all I could do was lean into God – and I found God there, in the depths. These last few weeks I’ve had to do some leaning, too, but there’s also been a great deal of…

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Learning to Breathe – Review and Giveaway

Learning to Breathe – Review and Giveaway

‘It’s hard to describe how depression feels. It’s unending grief and terror, blackness and a sense that you are experiencing the world through a dirty lens – everything is dimmer and murkier. The overwhelming experience of depression for me is one of exhaustion. Sleep is never enough to lift the tiredness that seeps into every cell in my body, making every step feel as though I’m trudging through lead.’ –Learning to Breathe, Rachael Newham, p24 In a time when we…

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Catching Contentment – Book Trailer

Catching Contentment – Book Trailer

It’s just over five weeks now until publication, and so much is happening – and so much remains to be done! I’d appreciate prayers over the next few weeks, particularly as I’ve just come out of a fairly nasty infection which laid me flat for 3 weeks or so, so I feel somewhat ill-equipped for everything that needs to be done. Here’s the book trailer video – hope you like it 🙂

Interview with Emily Owen #ThePowerOfSeven

Interview with Emily Owen #ThePowerOfSeven

Until I was 16, I was ‘normal’.  I enjoyed sport, music, school, and was a fairly high achiever.  That all came crashing down when, aged 16, a doctor said to me, ‘you have two (non-malignant) brain tumours, which are so big they’re about to kill you.’ I’m so delighted to host Emily Owen here on the blog today. It’s Publication Day for Emily’s new book The Power of Seven – which, as she tells us below, is nothing to do…

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A Poem from Depths

A Poem from Depths

Crashing into me crushing the bones of me fire snakes through my body unrelenting and unyielding.   Where are you, Lord? Have you deserted me for ever?   Why so downcast, O my soul?   I have nothing left.   Into the depths of deep, the cavernous abyss of incessant and inexorable disease   Where are you, my Lord? Have you deserted me forever?   Yet in the deepest depths is the deepest depth the mystery of who you are…

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I Thought There Would Be Cake… Giveaway!

I Thought There Would Be Cake… Giveaway!

This was first posted on the SPCK blog. See the post here.   Being the daughter of a clergyman is a challenging task at the best of times. You feel like you must always be on your best behaviour; that your life should be an exemplary model of goodness, holiness and being generally perfect. I know that – I am one and I have one 🙂 And then – well, you fail. I can only imagine that being the daughter…

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Long Story Short by Andy Frost – Book Review and Giveaway

Long Story Short by Andy Frost – Book Review and Giveaway

Andy Frost’s book is centred around the idea that every life tells a story and that we are all searching for an underlying narrative in our lives. He says that we are ‘shaped by the wider stories we find ourselves in’. He outlines three stories which often seem to underpin how we experience life and how we react to our circumstances: Happiness, safety and significance. The ‘happiness’ narrative is all about pursuing things which make us feel good and enjoying…

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Long Story Short – Guest Post from Andy Frost

Long Story Short – Guest Post from Andy Frost

Today I’m delighted to welcome Andy Frost who has recently written a fabulous book called Long Story Short. I have just finished this book and found it incredibly helpful and insightful. Here Andy tells us a little about the themes in the book, and later in the week I will post my own review and giveaway – watch this space. My new book Long Story Short explores the power of story. Stories shape how we see the world, how we…

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